Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar expierence. I have been in several GD cover bands over the years, but am currently in a band that does 90% of original material. I have been in this band since it's creation. I've moved on from playing Dead tunes and am very happy where I am at right now. WE are a jam band by all accounts, however I am the only member with any ties to the Dead. My problem is I am constantly being teased by other bandmates for sounding too much like Jerry. Ironically, I have either written or arranged 3/4th's of what we do, and it has been very well recieved the few times we have played out. So much so that a "friend" of the band is financing studio time for us because he is convinced that our stuff is that good. I'm not patting myself on the back. These guys are all very talented musicians and it takes all of us to create our sound. But how do I shut these guys up? I am tired of hearing "that sounds like the dead, or that sounds like Jerry" I can't help sounding like that. Its what I am, or what I've become. My sound is essential to the overall sound and there would be no band w/o me. Can anyone relate?